Hinsdale Central Welcome Meeting

Calling all parents of rising Hinsdale Central High School freshmen! The HC PTO and the Hinsdale Central Administration cordially invite you to attend the HINSDALE CENTRAL FRESHMAN CLASS OF 2024 virtual RED DEVIL WELCOME and INFORMATIONAL SESSION. The event will take place on Thursday, May 14th at 3pm. This is an opportunity for you to ‘meet’ the Hinsdale Central High School Leadership Team and learn about academics, sports, and activities that HCHS has to offer. You can also find out how PTO involvement can help make your transition easier!

The Zoom Meeting Credentials are as follows:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/7337587118?pwd=dWlzcGpxRGxiNGtDclVPQ3VocVBFZz09

Meeting ID: 733 758 7118
Password: 9p9Jax

Socially Distanced Hinsdale Central Spiritwear Sale

We are having a socially distanced spiritwear sale on May 16th and June 1st from 9-11am. We have a limited selection that includes our more popular items such as Hinsdale Central hoodies, hats, t-shirts and windbreakers.

We accept cash, check and credit cards. Please wear a mask.

Please contact Michelle Fischer at mbfischer74@gmail.com for an appointment and the location of the sale.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit HC Boosters – a non-profit organization that provides funding to arts, student clubs and activities, and athletics at Hinsdale Central.

 

Students Can Help Others During this Difficult Time with a KIDS Grant from the D181 Foundation

During these difficult times, many of us are encouraging our children to look outward and think about how they can help others. When a student has an idea, KIDS grants from the District 181 Foundation can help. Any District 181 student can apply for a $150 grant anytime during the year. Funds will be received within two weeks.

Visit http://www.d181foundation.org/kids-grants.html for the guidelines and application.

May 8 General PTO Meeting

Please join us for the final general PTO meeting of the year – Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM. This meeting will be held on Zoom (or you can dial in on your telephone if you prefer). At this meeting, we will vote on the 2020-2021 Executive Board for the HMS PTO. You will need to register in advance for this meeting HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing dial-in information about the meeting. We hope you can join us!

Give Teachers a Virtual Hug with a Donation to the D181 Foundation

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4 – 8! A great way to give a virtual hug that helps our teachers and schools at the same time is a donation to the District 181 Foundation in honor of your child’s teacher.

The teacher(s) you honor will receive an email with your message included, then a letter and special certificate to display will be mailed to your teacher’s home.

All you need to do is visit HERE and fill out the digital form by 5:00pm, Wednesday, May 6th to guarantee delivery on Friday, May 8th.

This year your donation will not only support Foundation programming for D181 students, teachers, and schools. A portion of every donation will be used for items and events that say a special thank you to all educators for their commitment, dedication, and hard work through this difficult time.

Volunteer Opportunities – 2020-2021 School Year

This school year may be wrapping up, but we are already starting to plan for next year and we need your help! If you are interested in becoming more involved at HMS by leading one of the committees below, or if you have any questions about the committees, please contact Karin Rohn at president@hmspto.org. We would love your help!

World War II Day – One co-chair needed – World War II Day is one of the highlights of the 8th-grade year and we are sure you will enjoy being a part of this inspiring event. It is a one-day event in the spring when we invite veterans of World War II to share their amazing stories with our 8th graders.

Gardening – With the completion of the parking garage we will finally be able to focus on beautifying the grounds of our new school. We are looking for a committee chair to take care of purchasing/planting/decorating seasonal pots and/or planters at the new HMS building, including the roof garden

Fort Nightly – Starting next year, this fun tradition (six-week course of ballroom dancing classes for 8th graders) will be led by the Community House and facilitated by HMS and CHMS PTOs. Chairs will need to assist with class lists, registration, and sign up genius forms for parent volunteers.

Spiritwear – We are looking for two chairs for this committee, which is in charge of ordering and selling HMS spirit wear at school events like Curriculum Night, 5th grade Welcome, Back to School Day, and more.

Lost and Found – We are looking for a committee chair to periodically organize and donate items left at school.

School Supplies – We are looking for a co-chair to work with teachers and vendors to put together school supply packages for families to purchase online.

Future Funds – We are looking for a co-chair to evaluate funding requests submitted by teachers and staff twice a year.

PTO E-Blast – We are seeking a co-chair that will create and facilitate this communication on a bi-weekly basis

Social Media Chair – We are looking for a committee chair to manage posts on the PTO’s Facebook page and other social media accounts, as needed.

Students Can Help Others During this Difficult Time with a KIDS Grant from the D181 Foundation

During these difficult times, many of us are encouraging our children to look outward and think about how they can help others. When a student has an idea, KIDS grants from the District 181 Foundation can help. Any District 181 student can apply for a $150 grant anytime during the year. Funds will be received within two weeks.

Visit http://www.d181foundation.org/kids-grants.html for the guidelines and application.

2020-2021 School Supply Kits On Sale Now!

In the midst of e-learning, we are looking forward to a return to school in the fall! Online ordering of school supply kits for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Online ordering of kits is a convenience provided for families by the PTO. Save time by pre-ordering! All items in the kits are teacher approved and are the specific brands required by the school. Supplies will be shipped to student homes before the school year begins so students can bring their supplies to put in their lockers on “back to school day.”

Order deadline – June 14, 2020

Ordering instructions:
– Go to the ordering webpage at: https://www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks/
– Enter school ID# HIN022
– Choose the kit for your student’s grade in the fall
– You may add a language dictionary or a calculator if your student needs one
– Graphing calculators are only needed for students in 7th or 8th grade Accelerated math and 8th grade Advanced math
– Make sure you have received an email confirmation of your order

Fee waiver – students who are eligible for a fee waiver through the school district may request a supply kit through the school office. Please contact Sally Cuchna in the office for more information.

Questions should be directed to: schoolsupplies@hmspto.org

 

Executive Board Proposed Slate

The PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates for the 2020 – 2021 PTO Executive Board. This slate will be presented to the General Membership for a vote at the next PTO meeting on Monday, May 8th at 9AM. As this meeting may not able to be held in person, please send any questions, concerns, or nominations from the floor to Karin Rohn at nominating@hmspto.org before May 8th.

• President: Corlyn Simmons & Dawn Wood
• Co-VPs of Communications: Shelley Carter & Kristin McDaniel
• Co-VPs of Fundraising: Kristin Kentra & Helen Becka
• VP of Technology: Beth Folkmann
• Treasurer: Jennifer Fisher
• Corresponding Secretary: Kassandra Fisher
• Recording Secretary: Erica Posthuma

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to the members of the Nominating Committee for their time and thoughtfulness throughout this process. The Nominating Committee was composed of the following parents representing all four HMS elementary feeder schools: Treacy Adamo, Janice D’Arco, Bijal Doshi, Lynn Mayer, Karin Rohn & Laura Tortorello.

Volunteer Opportunities – 2020-2021 School Year

This school year may be wrapping up, but we are already starting to plan for next year and we need your help! If you are interested in becoming more involved at HMS by leading one of the committees below, or if you have any questions about the committees, please contact Karin Rohn at president@hmspto.org. We would love your help!

World War II Day – One co-chair needed – World War II Day is one of the highlights of the 8th-grade year and we are sure you will enjoy being a part of this inspiring event. It is a one-day event in the spring when we invite veterans of World War II to share their amazing stories with our 8th graders.

Gardening – With the completion of the parking garage we will finally be able to focus on beautifying the grounds of our new school. We are looking for a committee chair to take care of purchasing/planting/decorating seasonal pots and/or planters at the new HMS building.

Back to School Day – This exciting day is currently scheduled for August 17th. We are looking for 1-2 co-chairs to organize stations and volunteers for this day when students pick up their schedules, buy spirit wear, set up their lockers, and more.